Watch: Assassin’s Creed stuntman pulls off incredible Leap of Faith jump

Yeah I'm free, free fallin'...

Michael Fassbender in the Assassin's Creed movie
Game to screen Michael Fassbender in the Assassin's Creed movie. Image Picture 20th Century Fox

It’s pretty much a certainty that any video game that’s turned into a movie will end up being a crushing disappointment.

Even getting the insanely talented Duncan Jones to make Warcraft didn’t pan out as everyone had hoped. There’s a film on the horizon, though, that might break that long-standing video game-to-movie curse.

Assassin’s Creed, based on Ubisoft’s hit franchise, boasts Michael Fassbender in the lead role and his Macbeth director Justin Kurzel behind the camera. Capping off the Shakespeare reunion is Marion Cotillard to add some class to the supporting cast.

The game’s signature ‘Leap of Faith’s stunt, where the protagonist free falls hundreds of feet, will be in the film and surprisingly it’s being done without a CGI double.

Stunt performer Damien Walters executed a 125 feet dive onto a crash mat for the film, making it the highest free fall performed by a stunt man in 35 years.

From the distance Walters was jumping from his landing mat looked like “the size of an A4 piece of paper”. That takes some balls.

“That’s the best bit when you walk off on go, ‘Yeah, I’m alright!'” daredevil Walters said after completing the dive.

Watch the video of the stunt below, then look out for Assassin’s Creed in cinemas on January 6, 2017.

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